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[IP] Fwd: A Strong Supporter?
>Many thanks to Columbia, South Carolina's WNOK-FM's "Morning Rush" radio
>program for being good sports in the fight to cure diabetes. PLEASE STOP
>SENDING THEM EMAILS AND FAXES!
>This morning, thanks to you, the radio station received more than 400
>emails and many faxes. As a result, Senator John McCain was asked the
>"Senator McCain, in New Hampshire you said you would issue a written
>statement in support of finding a cure for diabetes. But you haven't done
>it yet. Why not?"
>To which McCain replied (this is a paraphrase of his remarks and not a
>Look, I support finding a cure for diabetes, but these people want me to
>sign a statement calling for a tripling or a quadrupling of the diabetes
>We have this institute called NIH that oversees all research funding and
>for political reasons I cannot support that. This is a decision that is
>best left to the researchers and administrators at NIH.
>Look, we have a serious diabetes health problem with Indian populations in
>Arizona. You would be hard pressed to find anyone in the Senate with a
>more pro-diabetes record than mine. But absolutely, as President I will
>work for and support efforts to find a cure for diabetes and to help
>people with diabetes. (End of response).
>Although Senator McCain asserts that you would be "hard pressed" to find
>anyone in the Senate with a better record in support of diabetes, within
>the last year Senator McCain:
>Was one of just 7 Senators to not vote for the Collins Amendment in
>support of DRWG and finding a cure for diabetes.
>Was not among the 39 Senators to sign a letter to Senate Appropriations
>Chairman Arlen Specter in support of DRWG and finding a cure.
>These were the two major ways for Senators to publicly show their support
>for DRWG and finding a cure for diabetes last year. Unfortunately,
>Senator McCain did not support either one.
>While it's great that our question got asked, Senator McCain's reply is
>similar to what we've been hearing from Washington for years. "I support
>a cure, but not the money needed to find it."
>We are now planning our next steps. For now, we are looking for advocates
>in the key primary state of Michigan and other states where candidates are
>campaigning. If you will get involved, please contact Tom Boyer, our
>chief organizer of this effort, at email @ redacted
>Many thanks for your support! We'll be back in touch soon.
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